These little gray birds that acrobatically fly from tree to feeder and back again may be small in size but they are large in voice!
Found in the eastern to midwestern US, these birds are often found flocking with chickadees, nuthatches, and woodpeckers - often around feeders. If larger seeds like sunflower seeds are put out, they will grab individual seeds and fly back to a safe branch to shell and eat the seed and make their way back, often disturbing and butting in front of the other birds. While their flight is fluttery, they tend to remain level in flight, compared to the undulation of the goldfinches.
They nest in natural tree holes, often in cavities left by woodpeckers, lining the inner cup of their nest with hair - sometimes plucked directly from living animals (such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, pets, and even humans)!
The easiest song to identify them by is the "Peter Peter Peter Peter" song.
Another is the buzzy nasally electronic question (I can't even begin to mimic) call (3rd option down on the link below).
To hear the different songs and calls of the titmouse, visit the link HERE
As a spirit animal, the titmouse brings a fearless attitude, the power of voice, control of ego, and not allowing praise to go to your head.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.